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The Elephant Wrestler

138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, North Shore, New Zealand
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Sun - Wed - 12.00pm – 10.30pm
Thurs - Sat - 12.00pm - 1.00am

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  • Disabled Access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Alfresco Dining
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About The Elephant Wrestler

In 1912 a bloke who would soon become known as The Elephant Wrestler came to Takapuna. By 1939 he had world wrestling championship bout to his name and was also known to take on larger species of the animal kingdom thus said elephants came to fear him but locals came to love him. So let us raise a toast to your larger than life local.

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand, All You Can Eat, Banquet, BBQ & Grill, Child Friendly, Dessert, Gastro Pub, Pizza, Salads, Small Plates, Steak, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Always awesome to visit the Elephant Wrestler Crew, relaxed atmosphere and great food! Alex is amazing and so is Amy - They are both a real asset to Elephant Wrestler! :-)

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Service wasn't great this time. Keep coming back, still one of our fav places in Taka!

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Hi Cindy, THanks for your feedback. I am really sorry that you feel let down by the service on this visit. I would really appreciate further information from you if you feel we could talk to particular team members. All feedback is gladly received and we embrace our customers concerns especially those who are regular customers. Please feel free to email me on [email protected] Cheers and I look forward t hearing from you.

Responded On Saturday, 16 February 2019
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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

Beautiful food and atmosphere with lovely staffs. Enjoyed the night

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Hi Alex, thanks for your lovely feedback and the ratings you provided. We are so pleased that the staff made such an impression and that you felt you received great value for money. Come and see us again soon, but remember we have an awesome Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm 7 days a week. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Responded On Saturday, 16 February 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Good food, with generous portion sizes. Great courtyard area.

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HI Mariana, Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback. We are so very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Please do come back and see us again soon. Remember we have an awesome Happy Hour 7 days a week from 5pm-7pm. See you again soon.

Responded On Saturday, 16 February 2019
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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Great service as usual. Booked in advance for 20 people and pre-ordered. I recieved prompt email responses. On the day the tables were all prepared in advance under umbrellas outside. The waitress ensured everyone had ordered food as there were some names on the list without orders. The food arrived more or less at the same time. The food was delivered by name as per the pre-order. We were continuously asked for drink top ups. All round top service. Will continue to go back for team lunches. Brilliant!

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Hey Hayden, thanks so much for the feedback, Next time check out our new share menu. It is amazing value and includes your first beer or wine as well. Great for social groups of 10 or more. ANyway do come and see us again soon Hayden.

Responded On Sunday, 10 February 2019
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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

Great quick service. Friendly staff. Highly recommended

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Hi Mark, Thank so much for your feedback, we truly appreciate you taking the time to do this. We do hope that you choose to dine with us in the near future. Look out on line or on our Facebook as we have just launched an amazing Happy Hour 7 days a week. It would be great for you to get down and check that out, it is amazing value. Anyway, thanks again and we hope that you visit again soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 06 February 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Excellent food and service, venue was perfect for our group of 8 going out for dinner and drinks.

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Hi Capra, we are so pleased that you had a good visit and were satisfied with almost everything. We know you were a table of 8 but if you were a table of 10 we have a new sharing menu that is incredible value. $30pp including an arrival drink and it is proving to be hugely popular. Reach out to us if you would like to receive some information about this. Thanks again for your 4.8 STar rating and your lovely words.

Responded On Sunday, 03 February 2019
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Visited On Monday, 21 January 2019

We were told that is the very first time that they have done the banquet and must I say it was our pleasure! Alex and Aimee prepared everything so perfectly and made sure everything was good and ready for us. And Annabel provided us with the best service the whole night. They were all very friendly and made us feel right at home. Definitely will come back :)

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Hi ANgel, Thanks so much for your lovely feedback and the 5 Star Rating. Executing these new initiatives can sometimes be a little "Crazy" but the girls did a great job and we really appreciate you noting that. We are so pleased that you will be back to see us again as we really love being the local there for our neighbours.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Friendly service, and great food. Good night all around! 😁😁

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Thanks Angela. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

The elephant wrestler is such a beautiful place to eat! The atmosphere was stunning and relaxing. The staff were wonderful, helpful and attentive! Especially the supervisor ! She was absolutely awesome. Food was amazing and well portioned! Our eyes were too big for our tummy’s! We will be back again soon

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HI Santana, Thanks for your lovely words. It always means so much to the team when their work is recognised like this. THANK YOU. We do look forward to having the opportunity to look after you again in the near future.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

Great day/night. Thanks

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Hi Anton, Friday 21st was a crazy day and we are certainly glad that you enjoyed yourself. Do come back and see us again soon.

Responded On Monday, 07 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Great food and service

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Hi Oliver, thanks so much for the ratings and for your feedback. We do appreciate you taking the time to do so. We do hope that we see you again soon Oliver.

Responded On Monday, 07 January 2019
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Visited On Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Service was slow

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Hi Catherine, we are sorry that you found the service to be a little lacking on your visit. This is not "the usual" for us and for that I do apologise. We do hope that we get to see you again and prove that this was definitely the exception and not the rule.

Responded On Monday, 07 January 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

We had our staff party at the Elephant wrestler over the weekend and i have to say we had the BEST time. Service was great, food was amazing and of course the drinks did what they were supposed to! so thank you for your hospitality team we will be back in the near future.

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Hi Morgan, We are so very pleased that your teams celebrations delivered the anticipated result and that our team did everything they were supposed to, in order to deliver that experience. We do appreciate the feedback and hope that we do in fact see you again soon.

Responded On Monday, 07 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Friendly and attentive staff. I have enjoyed every visit to The Elephant Wrestler.

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Hi David, we are so pleased that enjoy your visits with is and really value your return patronage. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year

Responded On Monday, 07 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Food was ok however drinks prices increased during the evening from 9.50 to 10.50. When my friend asked why , she was told it was a different brand of spirit. Also $20.50 for a glass of average Shiraz makes it an expensive evening . Good atmosphere and service

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Hi Tracey, Thanks for your feedback. If someone in your group has changed from one well brand to a premium brand then that in fact would be the reason for the jump in price. This should have been explained if they were being upsold so I will ensure that the bar manager is made aware of this concern and ensure all staff are refreshed on the protocol when upselling customers to more premium brands. $20.50 is the price of a Lrg Shiraz and is effectively a double pour of a standard glass, so in affect you have received 2 standard glasses or 1/2 of a bottle. Once again this should have been clarified before order confirmed even though all wine prices are listed on the wine list, We are glad that you enjoyed the atmosphere and the service but I thank you for highlighting your concerns around pricing as this gives us the opportunity to re-engage with the team around some of these concerns and ensure they are helping people better when at the table side.Thanks again.

Responded On Saturday, 15 December 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Great service. Great food.

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Thanks Paul. We appreciate your feedback and wish you all the best for the festive season.

Responded On Saturday, 15 December 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

An excellent setting for an office get together at the end of a busy year. The service was first class and the express menu was value for money.

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Hi Greg, thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate your ratings and the feedback re service and express menu. We are glad that you and your team enjoyed your visit and we could make your team lunch a special one. Do come and see us again soon. Cheers

Responded On Saturday, 15 December 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Large group, pre-ordered food, everything arrived PEREFECTLY! Menu huge - lots to choose from - and portions generous! Brilliant for work party or families. Thanks to the staff - they were awesome! Darel

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Hi Darel, please excuse my delayed response, it is a crazy time of year but I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We will certainly pass your comments on to the team and hope that we will get to see you all again soon.

Responded On Saturday, 15 December 2018
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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

Highly reccomend

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Hi Laken, Highly Recommended. Thanks so much. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and we will ensure that your feedback is passed on to the team. Please do come back and see us soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

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Hi Yang Yang, Thanks for your feedback on the requested fields. It looks like you enjoyed yourselves and we hope we see you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

We had a great time. Lovely food and very good service!

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HI Liz, 5 Star all round!! Thanks and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you on what we hope will be a number of return visits.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Great night, as ther was a large group we had the banquet menu, food was lovely

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Hi Sandra, We are so pleased you enjoyed the banquet. Keep an eye out in February for the new styled group sharing menu we will be starting. We are so pleased you enjoyed the food and your whole visit. Please do come and see us again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. The staff are absolutely amazing. I was there on Thursday night and stupidly left me wallet behind when I left. Didn't realise until the next morning. Called them first thing, at that stage they weren't aware it had been handed in. Called me back within ten minutes to advise they had found it and everything was still in there. I had my credit card, bank card, driver's licence and $300 in cash. Unbelieveable!!!! Not too many places you could go to in this day and age and have that happen. I LOVE THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER1111 THIS PLACE IS THE BEST AND ROCKS1111

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Hi Chezza, we are so pleased that you got all your property back and thank goodness for good honest people still being around. Thanks for your feedback and review and you lovely words but we can't take credit for decent people. Faith restored. Have a great CHristmas and come and see us again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Firstly the bar ran out of Appleton's Rum, then later in the evening the Bar manager decided to instruct one of the bouncers to evict one of my guests, and after asking the bouncer the reason, a satisfactory reason could not be given, when there were other patrons significantly louder and smashing glasses !!

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HI Richard, Thanks for your feedback. Firstly apologies on running out of Appleton's it is a very demanding time of year and sometimes we just do not have the correct holding of back up stock on particular product lines. For this I am sorry. In relation to the ejection of one of your guests I am sorry that this has happened but we are guided by very strict host responsibility rules and always endeavour to find a balance here. I have security notes on 4 ejections on the night due to a number of different reasons. We have very clear responsibilities when it comes to meeting our legal obligations here and we take these responsibilities very seriously. If you would like to discuss this further can I suggest that we take this off line and you can feel free to email me on [email protected] Thanks and hope to be able to clear this up with you .

Responded On Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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